I have debated about doing this thread and the main reason is the reaction I would get off others who frequent this site.
PIA was great before we moved here, we asked lots of questions, found out stuff we needed to know for when we got here and even made some great friends by being a member of this site. However if you want to be honest on here and give your opinion it becomes a very different story and I guess this is why I have been debating about putting this thread on.....
Today I thought what the hell!
I want to tell my story and even if 1 person benefits from it then its been worth it.
We arrived in Adelaide May 2009 from Manchester. We knew very little about Adelaide but really wanted to be in Australia. Settling in was pretty easy, we got a lovely rental in Glenelg right by the beach/jetty rd and the first few months were great. We would use all our free time seeing the sights, taking off for the day to the hills, beaches etc and loved being here. But pretty soon we realised we had done everything Adelaide had to offer in a matter of months. The city centre ( I should say town centre) could be done in a day, the nightlife is just outdated clubs for 18 year olds, a casino and a dirty street called Hindley and the "things to do" in Adelaide list is very small.
Basically we became bored with the place very quickly.
Being in our 20's when we arrived and coming from a busy bustling city like Manchester we felt old before our time here. The very slow pace of things and things shutting early was not what we were used to at all.
But we got on with it and tried to give it a go, we made the most of being in Aus and visited Sydney, Melbourne, The GOR and North Queensland. After two visits to Melbourne we realised it was much more our kind of place....So next week we move and start our new life in Melbourne and we are very very happy about it.
Now before anyone jumps on this I am in no way saying I hate Adelaide, I just think if you are young and childless it is maybe not for you. It's funny because a lot of our Australian friends are in full support and have even said "theres nothing in Adelaide for young people", my colleagues at work have supported and encouraged the move too as there is more opportunities for my line of work in Melbourne.
We have enjoyed Adelaide but I could not stay here. If I was ready to settled down and had children I think it would be an ideal place. Its great for families and those who prefer a quiet slow pace of life but if you are young and used to great nights out, shopping, new places opening, exciting events happening etc etc...Adelaide is not the place to be!